Founded by Hubert Graham Osteen, The Sumter Item has been serving Sumter County and the surrounding area in South Carolina since 1894. "The Item," as it's commonly referred to, publishes a newspaper five days a week (Tuesday through Saturday) and posts breaking news daily on TheItem.com.
The Sumter Item is the oldest continuously family-owned newspaper in South Carolina and one of the oldest in the nation.
Today, The Sumter Item serves Sumter through a variety of media platforms in addition to the newspaper, including magazines, video and podcast production, social media and digital marketing services. The Item was named one of America's "10 Newspapers That Do It Right" by Editor & Publisher magazine in 2019 and a finalist for the Mega-Innovation Award for newspapers by America's Newspapers and the Local Media Association in 2020.
Six generations of the Osteen family have been involved in community newspapering more than 160 years. In addition to The Item, the Osteen family owns weekly publications in Florida, Alabama and New Mexico.
The Sumter Item
Best of Sumter
Life is Good in Sumter
A variety of special sections
36 West Liberty St.
Sumter, S.C. 29150
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